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Time reports that Whole Foods, hoping to combat its "whole paycheck" image, currently is running a special deal - a cup of brewed coffee for 25 cents.

The story notes that the promotion, which runs through the end of the month, is designed not just to provide a highly visible example of a low price, but may also "appease shoppers who feel the supermarket is just too expensive, especially in light of the recent scandal in which the chain was caught overcharging customers."

Variety reports that the documentary tracking the recent Market Basket controversy - during which a family ownership squabble led to a consumer boycott of the stores and a rising up by employees to support the ownership group that they thought was interested in investing in the stores, not taking money out of the company - will premiere at the Boston Film Festival this weekend.

We The People: The Market Basket Effect, narrated by Michael Chiklis, debuts on September 20.

Ted Leonsis, the internet and sports executive who is a producer of the film, describes it as celebrating "the incredible resolve of an amazing group of people who had the will and desire to affect change. It truly captures the current national discourse and recounts one of the most relevant stories ever told in America.”

• The BBC reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev has approached SAB Miller about a possible merger/acquisition, which, if accomplished, would put brands like Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Peroni and Grolsch all under one corporate umbrella.

No specific proposals have been floated yet, the story says.
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